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April 20, 2010 08:08 ET

$20 Billion Government Investment Spurs Electronic Health Record Adoption

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) -  MarketResearch.com has announced the addition of Ovum Plc 's new report "Electronic health records: getting it right first time," to their collection of EMR (Electronic Medical Record) market reports. For more information, visit http://www.marketresearch.com/redirect.asp?progid=67618&productid=2638612

Electronic health records (EHRs) are hardly new; the goal of digitizing patient health records dates prior to the emergence of the Internet. In the US, however, the government's investment of nearly $20 billion for the "meaningful use" of EHRs as part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, has placed new urgency on adoption. While the precise requirements for meaningful use have yet to crystallize, healthcare providers must master the basics of getting implementation right. With the first wave of HITECH deadlines fast approaching, providers do not have time to make implementation mistakes. Any delays will result in wasted time, lost incentive money and resistance to future adoption of technology.

Topics covered in the report include...

SUMMARY

  • Impact
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

EHR IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES ARE LARGELY FAMILIAR

  • Resemblance to vertical industry enterprise applications
  • Learn from other industries
  • Core implementation steps
  • Establishing the business case
  • Mobilizing the players
  • Codifying requirements
  • Planning and scoping the project
  • Vendor selection
  • Keeping control of implementation

PLANNING AND PROMOTING EHR IMPLEMENTATION

  • Getting the economics of EHRs right
  • Establish the business case
  • Cost-benefit statements are challenging
  • Define the value proposition
  • Get a good handle on costs
  • People
  • Systems integration
  • Mobilizing support in healthcare organizations
  • Get early buy-in
  • The goal is viral acceptance

SCOPING THE PROJECT

  • Know your starting point
  • Don't boil the ocean
  • Implement in phases
  • Use the value proposition to keep projects within scope

TECHNOLOGY IS THE LAST, NOT THE FIRST STEP

  • Take a people, process, and technology approach to planning
  • People: find a champion
  • Process: improve workflows
  • Technology: the final step

COMMON EHR DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES

  • To customize or not to customize?
  • Standardize terminology
  • Assume that the goalposts are constantly moving
  • Architecture is pivotal
  • The user interface should resemble what people already use on the Internet
  • The back-end architecture should leave legacy systems intact

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

  • Implementation checklist
  • Establish the business case
  • Mobilizing the players
  • Codifying requirements
  • Planning and scoping the project
  • Vendor selection
  • Keeping control of implementation

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